Friday, August 19, 2011

Find My Family Friday - Victoria

Do you remember Victoria?

(you can read my first post about Victoria here)

Victoria is nearly 6-years-old. She has brown hair, blue eyes and congenital cataract of both eyes which has rendered her blind…
but don’t tell her that.

Victoria is a very “able” little girl who doesn’t let her visual impairment stop her. She walks, she runs, she plays and she gets into mischief. The problem is, no matter how “able” Victoria is, she’ll never do any more than that as long as she stays in the country she is in now. In Victoria’s country, blind children are not seen as having any potential. She will never have the opportunity to go to school or learn to read Braille. She will most certainly never attend college or obtain a well paying job. She will probably never learn to care for herself or start a family of her own. Instead, when she turns 18, she will be transferred to a mental institution where she will spend the rest of her days.

Yet Victoria is capable of so much more. She could climb mountains, repel cliffs, kayak through rapids, zip line over trees. Don’t believe me? Check out Team No Limits on Expedition Impossible. Their team includes a blind member who is doing all that and more.

Will Victoria really be able to do all those things? Will she even want to?
I have no idea but I know that she deserves the chance to be all that God created her to be.

There is a great article written by the adoptive mother of three girls with visual impairment (VI) which talks about the amazing ability of children with VI to do just about everything that seeing children can do. I encourage you to read it here and allow it to challenge your thinking around what is often seen as a very intimidating special need. In the meantime, you can help Victoria find her family and reach her fullest potential by donating to her grant fund, sharing her story and remembering her in your prayers. For more information or to donate, click here.


Amanda said...

I really can see Victoria doing all those adventurous things!!!! Now to find that family who will help her get there.

Unknown said...

i can imagine victoria being an adventure girl somehow!xxx thanks so much for linking up to Forget-Me-Not Friday again Andrea xxxx